Membership criteria

The membership criteria for SELECT are deliberately rigorous for two reasons – to reflect the high standards and quality of work performed by each Member, and also to maintain the reputation of the industry in Scotland. 

It’s important that applicants meet the necessary criteria laid out below and also understand the application procedure prior to applying for membership.  

All applicants will have their work inspected by one of our Technical Advisers to ensure that standards are met. We also undertake a commercial audit to ensure that firms applying for membership are well run and financially viable. 

If you find that you do not currently meet all of our requirements to be a full Member, you can apply to join our Probationary Membership Scheme.

Part A: Basic requirements for membership

    Enterprises engaged in the electrotechnical industries may be eligible for membership of SELECT if the applicant:


  • operates from a fixed business address (this may be a domestic residence)
  • has been in business for a minimum of six months and is financially viable
  • holds Public Liability Insurance (at least £2m) and Employer’s Liability insurance where appropriate
  • undertakes to abide by SELECT’s Constitution, Rules and Codes
  • has equipment, tools and plant appropriate to the range and scale of work undertaken in the relevant technical category
  • has appropriate calibrated test equipment and demonstrates competence in its use and interpretation of results
  • has appropriate documentation for the technical category applied for
  • is able to demonstrate competence in the inspection and testing of any work undertaken, including the keeping of necessary records and test results
  • undertakes that all work will be carried out to standards by competent persons who are adequately and appropriately supervised
  • employs competent persons who have successfully undertaken technical training acceptable to the Central Board of SELECT. (A ‘competent person’ is defined as being a person possessing the necessary technical knowledge and skills as defined in the appropriate National Occupational Standards, and experience relevant to the nature of the work undertaken, who is able to prevent danger and where appropriate, injury).
  • has a written Health & Safety Policy and complies with the duties placed up on employers and employees by the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and other relevant codes and regulations
  • can demonstrate an awareness of the requirements of environmental best practice.

Part B: Accreditation to Technical Criteria

Further information 

Further information about joining SELECT can be found in our brochure, Gateway to membership, which can be downloaded here. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call our Membership & Communications team on 0131 445 5577 or email [email protected]